Calgary – Canada’s emerging hub for Digital technology

We’re opening a 200-person Advanced Technology Centre!

We are delighted to announce that we will open an Advanced Technology Centre in Calgary in 2020.

We will be leveraging support from the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund (OCIF) to accelerate the incubation of new digital technologies and development of local tech ecosystems. This comes after being approved by OCIF’s Board of Directors to receive up to $3.5 million to support for the Advanced Technology centre, in collaboration with companies like Microsoft.

The Advanced Technology Centre is set to provide 200 full time jobs in Calgary by 2023 for highly skilled design, software development and management professionals.  

With the talent pool and appetite for growth, we believe, alongside our strategic partners, we can be a catalyst for growth in Calgary’s tech and business ecosystem.

Finger Food Advanced Technology Group’s CEO Ryan Peterson.

“There were many compelling reasons to open a technology centre in Calgary,” said Finger Food Advanced Technology Group’s CEO Ryan Peterson. “With the talent pool, appetite for growth, and partners like Calgary Economic Development and the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund, it was the obvious city to launch our first Advanced Technology Centre. We believe, alongside our strategic partners, we can be a catalyst for growth in Calgary’s tech and business ecosystem.”

The Advanced Technology Centre will be a facility for global innovation; a state-of-the-art space the company says will be dedicated to disrupting traditional thinking, fostering user-centric and innovative ideas, and learning opportunities.

The company demonstrated strong desire to create highly skilled technology jobs in Calgary in order to support its global client base.

Barry Munro, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund.

“The OCIF Board chose to support Finger Food Advanced Technology Group’s investment in Calgary on the basis of three key factors”, said Barry Munro, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund. “The company demonstrated strong desire to create highly skilled technology jobs in Calgary in order to support its global client base; its focus on applying it proprietary suite of technologies and processes to solve global issues in areas such as food, health, energy, and transportation; and the positive impact that the creation of the Advanced Technology Centre is expected to have on the Calgary innovation and technology ecosystem.” 

Driving Innovation

As part of this expansion, Finger Food Advanced Technology Group will expand its longstanding collaboration with Microsoft and will leverage Microsoft’s technology suite throughout the technology centre. Technology offerings to include Microsoft Azure, HoloLens 2, Industrial IOT and Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence technology solutions. Microsoft will also run several accredited certification programs in the new Technology centre that will arm clients with new technical skills to capitalize on the emerging digital market.

The Finger Food Advanced Technology Group has been leveraging Microsoft’s trusted technology suite of services to build cutting edge solutions.

Mark Speaker, Industry Solutions Executive, Microsoft Canada.

“The Finger Food Advanced Technology Group has been leveraging Microsoft’s trusted technology suite of services to build cutting edge solutions for customers around the world and now, with this new space in Calgary, they can help even more customers transform their businesses with technology, especially those in the resource sector,” said Mark Speaker, Industry Solutions Executive, Microsoft Canada. “We’re thrilled to support such innovative companies that are leading Canada into the digital economy.”

Finger Food has had a presence in Calgary, for a few years, through its clients, that includes energy companies such as Enbridge and Suncor Energy.

“Fostering a growing ecosystem is key to scale innovation,” said Sandy Martin, Senior Vice President Digital and Enterprise Technical for Suncor Energy. “That is why Finger Food’s Advanced Technology Centre will be an important part of building momentum to elevate Calgary as a world leader in digital technologies.”

The Opportunity Calgary Investment Fund was launched by The City of Calgary in April 2018 to support investments that spur growth and create jobs in strategic sectors identified in the Economic Strategy Calgary in the New Economy. Finger Food is the sixth submission to be approved for funding.

“Finger Food is a welcome addition to Calgary’s tech and business ecosystems,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi, who is a member of the OCIF Board. “They bring a wealth of experience of delivering innovative solutions across industries by combining engineering expertise and design thinking. Their diverse portfolio of clients, technology stack and global reach means they will deliver innovative solutions globally that are effectively ‘Made in Calgary.’

So, Why Calgary? Easy!

  1. Access to highly skilled talent. Unemployment rates of 7.6% vs 4.4% in Vancouver.
  2. There is a workforce with deep industry roots. 60% of the technical workforce have the capabilities to be successful in new roles –they just need training.
  3. Calgary has a central geographical location, with easy access to Houston, Denver, Redmond and other key hubs.
  4. Affordable commercial space – 30% vacancy rate and Square foot costs 50% compared to Vancouver.
  5. Tax incentives – 25% IDMTC tax credits in Alberta
  6. Affordable housing – we want to ensure our staff has the opportunity to build a family and actually own property. Costs for housing are 65% less than in Vancouver.
  7. Low cost of living – talent retention.
  8. Work life balance – an hour to Canmore, an hour and a half to Banff.
  9. Commuting time is lower – no hour and a half commute.
  10. Amazing diverse culture in Calgary.
  11. Proximity to decision makers – 109 head offices in Calgary.


For more information about the company, or if you have any further questions, please email our team info@fingerfoodstudios.com.